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FILM REVIEW – The Hateful Eight

By Marty Mulrooney

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The Hateful Eight is a Western mystery film directed by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained). His eighth feature film, the titular ‘Hateful 8’ are played by Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern. Some time after the American Civil War, eight strangers seek shelter from a blizzard at a stagecoach stopover know as Minnie’s Haberdashery. Bounty hunter John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth (Russell) is transporting fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh) to Red Rock, where she will be hanged and he can collect his $10,000 reward. But not everyone seeking shelter from the blizzard is who they say they are…

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FILM REVIEW – Spectre (IMAX)

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Spectre is the twenty-fourth James Bond film and Daniel Craig’s fourth (and quite possibly, final) outing as Ian Fleming’s 007. Once again directed by Sam Mendes (returning after the huge success of Skyfall), the plot features the global criminal organisation Spectre – their first appearance in an Eon Productions film, due to years of legal wrangling, since Diamonds Are Forever in 1971. When a cryptic message from beyond the grave sets Bond into unsanctioned action, a chain reaction is triggered that will propel him around the world and eventually bring him face to face with the author of all his pain…

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BOOK REVIEW – Back To The Future: The Ultimate Visual History by Michael Klastorin and Randal Atamaniuk

By Marty Mulrooney

Back To The Future The Ultimate Visual History

Back To The Future: The Ultimate Visual History, created in conjunction with Universal Pictures and fully endorsed by director/co-creator Robert Zemeckis and producer/co-creator Bob Gale, is a deluxe, officially licensed book that goes behind the scenes to tell the complete story of the making of the Back to the Future films. Written by Michael Klastorin – the production publicist on the second and third movies – and Back to the Future expert Randal Atamaniuk, this treasure trove for fans features hundreds of rare and never-before-seen images from the set, concept art, storyboards and other visual treasures, along with brand new exclusive, in-depth interviews with key cast and crew members. In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel into the future, to the 21st October 2015 – today! The release of this book commemorates that date, as well as the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the original film in 1985.

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FILM REVIEW – The Transporter Refuelled

By Marty Mulrooney

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The Transporter Refuelled is an action thriller directed by Camille Delamarre and produced by Luc Besson (who also co-wrote the script). The fourth film in the Transporter franchise, it’s the first to see Jason Statham absent as former special-operations mercenary Frank Martin, replaced for this latest outing by relatively unknown actor Ed Skrein (he played Daario Naharis in the third season of Game of Thrones). The plot revolves around human trafficking this time round, but the series has always been best known for its brilliantly choreographed fight scenes, driving sequences… and Jason Statham. So with ‘the Stath’ out of the picture, can the transporter still deliver?

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FILM REVIEW – Jurassic World (IMAX 3D)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Jurassic World is a science-fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and produced by Steven Spielberg. The fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise, it wisely chooses to serve as a direct follow-up to the ground-breaking Jurassic Park, not so much ignoring its sequels as completely sidestepping them. The year is 2015 and John Hammond’s original dream has finally become a reality – twenty-two years after the Isla Nublar incident, Jurassic World is a fully functional dinosaur theme park located on the same island, with 20,000 visitors per day. Eager to revitalise waning interest from both investors and the general public (regular dinosaurs are so 1993), the park creates a new, genetically modified dinosaur-hybrid: Indominus rex…

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BOOK REVIEW – The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road by Abbie Bernstein

By Marty Mulrooney

The Art of Mad Max Fury Road

The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road by Abbie Bernstein is the official companion to the recently released post-apocalyptic action film of the same name, which AMO’s review described as “the most exciting cinematic experience of 2015 so far.” With a foreword written by visionary director George Miller, the book details the making of the film from beginning to end, showcasing storyboards, behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, props and much more, as well as featuring in-depth interviews with the cast and crew.

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FILM REVIEW – Shaun the Sheep Movie (Blu-ray)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Shaun the Sheep Movie is a feature-length stop-motion animated comedy film produced by Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace and Gromit. Based on the award-winning children’s television show Shaun the Sheep (itself a spinoff of the 1995 Wallace and Gromit short film A Close Shave), the film sees the mischievous Shaun the sheep pining for a day off from the busy daily routine of the farm. He soon devises a plan to send the Farmer to sleep, but unforeseen consequences result in the entire flock – along with Bitzer the dog – heading into the city to save the day…

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